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Kristopher Negron up as injury insurance
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Reds purchased the contract of infielder Kris Negron from Triple-A Louisville Thursday, to provide some insurance with various players injured.

Negron appeared in four games with the Reds in 2012, but that is his only MLB experience. The 28-year-old was hitting .269/.328/.406 at Louisville this season. 

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Carlos Conteras sent back to Louisville
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Reds optioned pitcher Carlos Contreras to Triple-A Louisville Thursday, to make room for the recall of infielder Kristopher Negron.

Contreras appeared in three games out of the bullpen for the Reds, allowing one run in 4 1/3 innings.  

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Jayson Werth reaches three times, homers in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth put together a big performance Wednesday, in a 6-2 win over the Orioles.

Werth reached base three times in the win, the third time he has done so in his last five games. He went 2 for 3 with a walk, and both of his hits went for extra bases. Werth drove in one run in the first inning with a double, and added a solo home run in the seventh, finishing with two runs and two RBI.

Werth has raised his batting average nearly 15 points over the last seven games, and is now hitting .279/.364/.421 in 330 at-bats overall.  

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Alex Avila showing signs offensively
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Tigers catcher Alex Avila could be poised for a strong second half, manager Brad Ausmus told the Detroit Free Press. Avila batted .275 over a 25-game stretch before going hitless Wednesday.

"He’s starting to swing the bat better," Ausmus said. "We were just talking about that in the coaches room. He’s been swinging the bat better, and I know he had a strong second half last year. We’re hoping he’s trending towards that again, because that would be a big boost to the bottom half of the lineup and the left side."

For the year, Avila is hitting .226 with six homers and 21 RBI in 212 at-bats.

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Neil Walker ends homer drought Wednesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker put together his second multi-hit game in three nights Wednesday, in a 5-2 loss to the Cardinals.

Walker scored the Pirates only two runs of the game, as he came around each time he made it on base. Walker finished the game 2 for 4 with a double and a solo home run, his first since June 3.

Walker is hitting .279/.347/.448 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI in 77 games this season.  

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Jose Abreu slugs homer No. 28
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu moved back into a tie for first in the home run race Wednesday, as he clubbed his 28th homer of the season in a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox.

Abreu opened the game with a solo shot in the first inning, and ended up finishing the game 2 for 4 with one RBI and one run. It was his third home run in the last nine games, and gave him 28 for the season, to go with 70 RBI.

Abreu is hitting .284/.333/.627 in 306 at-bats through the first 78 games of his rookie season.

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Taijuan Walker to be back with Mariners after All-Star break
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker, who was optioned to Triple-A on Wednesday, likely will make two starts in the minors before returning to Seattle to face the Mets during a series July 21-23, reports MLB.com. Walker went 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two major-league starts.

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Manny Machado on fire since suspension
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is 8 for 10 with a double, two homers and three RBI in two games against the Nationals this week, notes MASNSports.com. He's 12 for 21 since returning from his suspension.

Over his last eight games, Machado has five homers, giving him nine this season in 234 at-bats.

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Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips out Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Reds will be without a pair of starters for Thursday's game against the Cubs, after both suffered injuries Wednesday.

Neither Billy Hamilton (hamstring) nor Brandon Phillips (thumb) is in the lineup for Thursday's series finale. Both were forced to leave Wednesday's game as a result of their injuries, and they remain day to day at this point.

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Nolan Reimold drives in three in third game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays outfielder Nolan Reimold has had a soft landing since joining the Blue Jays, as he put together his second multi-hit effort in a row Wednesday against the Angels.

Reimold, who went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles Tuesday, followed that up with another 2-for-4 effort Wednesday. He had one double Wednesday, and drove in three runs, while adding a walk in an 8-7 loss.

Reimold was acquired by the Blue Jays after the Orioles waived him following a rehab assignment. Prior to this week, he had not played since May, 2013, due to neck problems.

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